Aarogya Setu app is the most downloaded app in India. The app downloaded more than millions of times across India within a few days of launch.
Robert Baptiste, a French security researcher who runs a Twitter account by the name of Elliot Alderson. He or she has claimed that the Aarogya Setu app contains a “security loophole”. That put the privacy of crores of Indians at stake is. The researcher tweeted it on Tuesday on the government’s contact tracing app to inform the government and its 1.67 lakh followers about the alleged security issue. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and the National Informatics Center (NIC) immediately contacted the researcher to understand the problem. Although, the team that created the Arogya Setu App denied the claim made by the researcher.
Without clarifying the security loophole, the researcher tweeted the Arogya Setu app on Tuesday. Tagging the official account of Aarogya Setu on Twitter, the researcher wrote (translated) “The privacy of 90 million Indians is at stake. Can you contact me privately? “.
The researcher also included a postscript in his tweet, stating that Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was correct. Let us know that Rahut Gandhi claimed last week that the Aarogya Setu app is a “monitoring system” that raises concerns about “data security and privacy”. He had also said that the app has been outsourced to a private operator.
Within 49 minutes following his initial tweet, the researcher stated that he had been contacted by the CERT-In and NIC teams and reported that the issue had been revealed.
This app is the most downloaded in a record-breaking manner in India. The app has been downloaded millions of times across India within a few days of launch. However, since its launch, groups like Software Freedom Law Center, India (SFLC.in), and Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) have started criticizing it. But it does not appear to have any kind of friction on the app. Even now this app has been made necessary in offices. Recently in Noida, police have also made use of this app mandatory.
The team of Arogya Setu App acknowledged contact with the researcher through a tweet on Wednesday. However, the team has not yet shared any information regarding the alleged security issue and has even denied the alleged security issue.